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Yangshuo Outside Inn
Ranked #4 of 438 Yangshuo County B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Outside Inn after a recommendation from a couple of friends. We therefore assumed it would be a nice place to stay and after a 3 day visit over the Chinese holiday week we were really thrilled with our choice. It was probably the best value accommodation we have ever used in China.

The staff speak great English and are very helpful. The food is the right mix of western and local and the facilities are excellent. There's a ping pong table, wifi, pool table, games for children, a DVD room and good quality bikes for rent (including tandems!). The owner can be found behind the reception desk answering emails or generally just having a chat with guests.

The friendly atmosphere means that backpackers, expats and families with children can all head here with confidence.

I would not hesitate to recommend the Outside Inn to anyone visiting Yanghuo (which incidentally is now my favourite town in China!)

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Yangshuo Outside Inn was the perfect place for us. This is a great location for exploring the surrounding countryside. It is located about 4km from Yangshuo but is easily accessible via taxi or bike.

We arrived at 2am having had our flight moved and delayed. However the night guard knew we were expected and was able to show us to our room and we were able to check in at a more civilized time.

Our room was in an old farm house and whilst simple in style was large and very clean. The communal areas were very relaxed and conducive to talking to fellow guests. All staff spoke English well and were very helpful. The laundry service was very fast and efficient which was very welcome.

We hired bikes from the inn. They had plenty to choose from and I was able to get a bike that was the right size which is not always possible ( I am under average height!). They provided a map of the cycle route to Dragon Bridge which we were able to follow.

We also booked on the half day cookery course the school itself being located very close the Inn. This was a very enjoyable experience which I would recommend.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay ( 3 nights 2 days) and wish that we had allowed longer when planning the trip.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

It's a nice place to stay if you want to get out of the city and experience the countryside, however you also need to be ready to cope with everything the countryside brings: animals, insects in the rooms, mice, rats etc. We did have a mouse in our house, which after some hunting we manage to catch.

The traditional houses are nice and have flair, but could use a bit of renovation. In our house the toilet was licking, the seat was broken etc.

However, the location is perfect, outside of the city, but still not too far. It offers a great opportunity to do all the nice hikes in the area, either by foot or by bike. The staff is very helpfull and speaks very good english. The food in the restaurant was also amazing.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

Right on the cusp of a hostel and a tour central. Nice locaiton, Great staff. All the ammenities but not over the top. Close to town but not in it. Will arrange everything including travel in and out of yangshuo

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed at the Outside Inn for 6 nights at the end of a 7-week trip to China. My husband and I had a wonderful time but this place is very rural & many not be everybody. (For example, the local chickens often join you for breakfast and lunch!)

We stayed in one of the traditional rooms which was very large (a double bed and a single), with air conditioning & mosquito nets. As another reviewer said, the room and bathroom are basic but were very clean.

The location of this place is just perfect if you are looking for a quiet time in the countryside. 5 minutes walk from a swimming spot in the river (surrounded by beautiful scenery, but watch out for the mosquitoes!) It is possible to walk into Yangshuo along the river which takes about one hour - or you can cycle. The Inn rents out bikes for a reasonable fee and there are quite a few to choose from, so you can try them out before you set off for the day.

There aren't many restaurants within easy walking distance but we ate at the Outside Inn every day and found the food to be delicious and reasonably priced (we especially liked the Beef with Cumin). The menu is large and offers western and local food.

The staff speak very good English (the owner is Dutch), are very helpful and work extremely hard.

The traditional buildings are converted farm buildings which have been renovated using traditional techniques. The roof in our room leaked once when we had a very heavy rain storm but it didn't cause any inconvenience and the owner was very appreciative when we informed him of the problem.

I would definitely recommend this place (as long as you are not afraid of chickens.)

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We decided to stay here after reading the great reviews on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed.
Our family of four stayed in one of the family rooms which had 1 queen bed and 2 singles and a bathroom. The rooms are furnished in a rustic style but were perfectly adequate.
The outstanding thing about the Outside Inn is their staff, especially the delightful Wendy who could not have been more helpful. I certainly hope her manager knows how valuable she is.
Wendy was great in giving us advice and maps for hiking in the area, pointing us in the right direction to wander through the rice paddies to the Yulong River for a swim and booking a couple of day excursions and bikes for us.
The food is great here - lovely and varied breakfasts (both Western and Chinese) as well as loads of other food to choose from throughout the day.
There are a number of nice outside areas to sit as well as tables and sofas inside. Reasonable and fast laundry service as well.
We would thoroughly recommend the fan painting in Fuli village (it sounds cheesy I know but was a real insight into this fading art form and a great day out with your own handmade paper fan to take home as well as lunch and a tour of the market)
We would not recommend the bamboo rafting and cycling to Moon Hill as it was full of hoards of local tourists and touts (better to do the kayaking or rafting down from the Dragon Bridge)
Overall a lovely rural village location, simple but rustic rooms and great service. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

The Outside Inn really does have it all. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, full of helpful, friendly staff, great food at reasonable prices, relaxing outdoor areas and a lovely river to swim in just a quick walk away.
We had a wonderful stay and having been in Yangshuo town for a few days previously we are utterly delighted that we decided to try the countryside out for a couple of nights.
It was so easy to get information about all the possible activities in the area - just a shame we couldn't stay longer and try them all.
Bike-riding and swimming are a must and when we were tired out, just sitting and chatting with the other guests in the gardens and tea house was charming.
The rooms are delightful - simply decorated but clean and extremely comfortable - perhaps the most comfortable bed I've slept in in China!
We've been travelling around southern China for a few months now and so far the Outside Inn tops our list.

Room Tip: At the height of summer you should probably opt for an air-con room. It's great to come in from...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Adam S
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Address: Jima Chaolong Village, Yangshuo County, China
Location: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 438 B&Bs / Inns in Yangshuo County
Price Range: $24 - $55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Yangshuo Outside Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yangshuo Outside Inn - The Original Countryside Experience. The Outside Inn is a friendly small guesthouse with a unique character, located in a set of traditional farmhouses and an apartment building, ideally located just outside Yangshuo in a beautiful setting with lush gardens and the karst peaks right at your doorstep. The traditional farmhouses are renovated into comfortable rooms and family houses with western standards. Close to this complex of farmhouses is our apartment building with more modern family apartments and rooms. The Outside Inn offers guests a very quite place where you can experience the real traditional China. A stunning swimming spot at the Yulong River is a few minutes walk away and if you want total peace you can walk in 20 minutes to "The Lost World Plateau", a small field up one of the karst peaks where you are just by yourself surrounded by the mountains. ... more   less 
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